Purdey Awards open for entry

Entries are now being invited for the 2018 Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation. The annual accolades promote the game and habitat conservation work undertaken by shoots across the UK. Applications are welcome from any type or size of shoot in the UK that can show the judges how their…

Handicap Challenge 2018

Are you ready to enter The Handicap Challenge 2018?

We are excited to announce that with our kind sponsors, Sunseeker London, we will be offering a fantastic prize of £500 in cash for each magazine’s Top Gun for the Royal Berkshire Shooting School’s Handicap Challenge 2018. Participants can shoot the Handicap Challenge course at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School…

Help keep shooting on Welsh land

Shooters are being asked to help decide the future of fieldsports on Natural Resources Wales (NRW) land after new proposals for firearms use were revealed. These came about following a review allegedly launched under pressure from animal rights campaigners. NRW carried out the review into the use of firearms on…

Brood management trials approved for hen harriers

Natural England has issued a two-year licence approving brood management trials for hen harriers as part of Defra’s recovery plan. The six-point Hen Harrier Action Plan was published in early 2016 — after two years of calls from conservation groups — and was created to help the recovery of the…

Salmon numbers plumet

New angling rules for salmon

The Environment Agency has announced new plans to help protect plummeting salmon numbers  across English rivers and the river Esk in Scotland. Proposals include halting the taking of salmon from the majority of net fisheries by next year and the introduction of a mandatory requirement to return all salmon caught…

Game sales are sky-rocketing

The popularity of game meat is rocketing, with sales in the UK rising by 8.6 per cent in the last year and some Scottish game dealers reporting a five-fold increase in demand for grouse. A new report by independent market researcher Mintel says that general UK sales now stand at…

Abbey Ling named Clay Shooter of the Year

Abbey Ling was voted Clay Shooter of the Year at the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) Awards, held at The Belfry Hotel & Resort this weekend (Saturday, 3 February). After winning the World and European Championships as well as the English, British and UK titles in Universal Trench in 2017,…

electric dog training collar

Scotland bans electric dog training collars

Electric dog training collars are to be banned in Scotland, after the Scottish Government made a U-turn on its previous decision not to prohibit their use. Scottish environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham has dropped plans announced last year to introduce regulation to ensure that collars could only be used under the…

Big Farmland Bird Count back for 2018

The fifth Big Farmland Bird Count launches in a week’s time and farmers, land managers and gamekeepers across the country are being urged to take part. The annual initiative, which is run by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), asks participants to help build a record of birds on…

GWCT launches SAMARCH salmon project

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has launched a new project, SAMARCH (Salmonid Management Round the Channel), to provide vital research on rapidly declining salmon and sea trout populations. SAMARCH is a cross-border project, with 10 partner organisations — five in France and five in the UK — and…

2022 Commonwealth Games blow

Massive support for Commonwealth Games petition

The Shooting Times petition to put shooting sports back on to the programme for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has been signed over 50,000 people at the time of writing. Shooting is to be excluded from the competition for the first time in more than half a century, at least…

25 Year Environmental Plan

Shooters can help deliver new environmental plan

Shooters and farmers have a big part to play in delivering the Government’s new 25 Year Environmental Plan, say rural groups. The plan for a “cleaner, greener Britain” was launched by Prime Minister Theresa May earlier this month and includes the creation of the previously announced Northern Forest, along with…

Defra boss shares rural vision

Rural groups have welcomed the commitment to British farming shown by Defra secretary Michael Gove as he set out his vision for the future of the industry in a speech earlier this month. Speaking at the 2018 Oxford Farming Conference, Mr Gove highlighted issues he wished to tackle to ensure…

Fury as councillors end shooting on Ilkley Moor

Bradford Council’s Labour Group has refused to renew the grouse shooting lease on Ilkley Moor in a move shooting groups claimed was made to appease the animal rights lobby. Bradford Labour has majority on the council and a decision to renew the lease rested in its hands. The lease had…

British Shooting Show 2018

7 reasons why you should go to the British Shooting Show

1.Because you’re looking for a new or used shotgun Whatever your discipline, whether you’re a gameshooter, a wildfowler or a clayshooter, this is the place to come. You’ll find thousands of new and used shotguns to choose from at prices for every budget. Expect to discover some excellent “show only” offers.…

Woodcock Club venue Hatfield House

Get your tickets for the Woodcock Club dinner

Shooting Times is holding its 34th annual Woodcock Club dinner on 24 March. The event returns to the Old Palace at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, a spectacular Grade I listed building, which has played host to the grandest of functions, from magnificent medieval balls to events of great historical importance…

Northern Forest creation

New Northern Forest to be planted

The Government has announced plans to create a new Northern Forest spanning more than 120 miles between Bradford, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool. With backing from Defra secretary Michael Gove, the Woodland Trust and Community Forest Trust propose to plant more than 50 million trees along the M62 corridor from Liverpool…

call for fair firearms licensing

Lobby your MP for fair firearms licensing

The Countryside Alliance has launched a new campaign seeking consistent and fair firearms licensing. It comes in response to the “failing” medical procedures introduced in 2016 for shooters seeking applications and renewals, which have been criticised for being applied inconsistently across different counties – with some applicants being charged up…